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1827 King George IV Gold Full Sovereign Coin Wyon Bare Head

1827 George IV Gold Full Sovereign Obverse

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Superb 1827 gold ‘full’ Sovereign featuring the bare head portrait of King George IV. Obverse: portrait effigy of the King facing left without a crown. Engraved by William Wyon after a sculpted bust by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey. Legend around reads ‘GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA’ with the date (1827) below the truncation of the bust between two oval shaped stops. Reverse: ornate shield of royal arms with crown above. The shield represents England, Scotland and Ireland with the arms of the Kingdom of Hanover in estucheon, also crowned. Legend: ‘BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:’. This design is attributed to Jean Baptiste Merlen who began working for the Royal Mint in 1820 as an assistant to Benedetto Pistrucci. Pistrucci’s work, including a fabulous portrait of the King, features on earlier Sovereigns from George’s reign but the Italian artist refused to design coin portrait based on Chantrey’s work in 1825. Instead, William Wyon adapted a bust of Chantrey’s into the more subdued but rather flattering effigy seen on this 1827 coin. Like all milled gold Sovereigns this example is struck in 7.98 grams of 22-carat gold and measures 22.05 millimetres from milled edge to milled edge. Mintage: 2,266,629. Grade: EF - A good clean coin with no real problems for the grade of Extremely Fine, possibly better. References: S 3801, Marsh 12.
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Obverse

Bare head of King George IV facing left with date (1827) below the truncation between two oval dots. Engraver: William Wyon. Legend: 'GEORGUIS IV DEI GRATIA'.

Reverse

Crowned ornate shield of royal arms with smaller Hanoverian shield at the centre, by engraver Jean Baptiste Merlen. The legend reads: 'BRITANNIARUM REX FID: DEF:'.

Specification

British milled coin, minted for circulation. Struck in 7.98 grams of 22-carat (916.7) gold. Diameter: 22.05 millimetres.

Grade

EF - A good clean coin with no real problems for the grade of Extremely Fine, possibly better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Early British gold Sovereigns like the 1827 George IV Sovereign are rare and sought-after by collectors. The value of these coins depends on their condition with high-grade examples worth thousands of Pounds.

2,266,629 gold full Sovereigns were issued in the year 1827 though only a portion of these will have survived. These George IV coins are rated 'scarce' by experts and feature William Wyon's 'bare head' portrait of the King to the obverse.

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